Monthly Archives: September 2011
About two weeks ago the Jacksonville Jaguars released quarterback David Garrard. Many questioned the decision and believed that they were finally turning the page to a new chapter; the chapter of rookie Blaine Gabbert. However the Jaguars denied it and said that Gabbert still would not be their starter and that Luke McCown would take over the starting job and remain there until further notice.
Though it wouldn’t last long, 59 yards, six completed passes and four interceptions later the Jaguars after suffering an embarrassing 32-3 loss to the New York Jets last week would turn the page again. This time it was on the page and chapter of Blaine Gabbert.
Now as we all know Blaine Gabbert was taken number ten overall in the first round out of the University of Missouri. We also know that in his final season Gabbert played in all 13 games, completed 588 of his 933 passes, threw for 3,186 yards, 16 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 127.04…not bad.
Gabbert was the third quarterback taken in the NFL draft behind Cam Newton and Jake Locker. Some said that he was the best quarterback in the draft and he may be, however at this point at week 2 of the NFL, the clear favorite is Cam Newton. 854 yards in two games, that’s unheard of for a rookie quarterback. Though some still said that Gabbert was the best quarterback coming in, and he may be. But what we do know is…that he has a lot of catching up to do.
Coincidentally Gabbert’s first start will be against the Carolina Panthers and against Cam Newton. Who’s also the front runner as of right now to win this year’s rookie of the year.
This will be a great test for Gabbert as he’s playing against another rookie starting quarterback and a decent defense. However the only problem is the “rookie” quarterback that he’s facing isn’t really playing like a rookie; he’s playing like a veteran. A veteran with three championships, two super bowl mvp’s and six pro bowl selections other known as Tom Brady.
With a lot of expectations set high by the number one draft pick Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert the number tenth pick in the 2011 Draft will make his first career NFL start on Sunday. And the only thing that we know is the obvious; he was the number tenth pick in the draft, he’s 6’5, 233 pounds, and he has a tough task at hand; beat one of the hottest players in football; Cam Newton.
So lights, cam, action Gabbert, it’s your time to shine.
Peyton Manning has been a top the sports world lately with breaking news varying from him likely to missing the whole entire season, to missing a few games, to missing none at all. The truth is; no one knows, there all just rumors. However what we do know is that doctors have told Manning not to practice which would mean that he wouldn’t play this Sunday ruling him out for week one…at least.
The thing that sparked this whole Manning trend came late last night when a report broke from John Michael Vincent of ESPN 1070 Indianapolis that Manning was going to have undergo neck surgery again and that he was going to miss the entire 2011-12 NFL season.
After news broke about Manning expected to miss the entire NFL season, articles, tweets, facebook posts, you name it began flooding the internet.
The good news is the Indianapolis Colts responded today saying that they have no intentions in another neck surgery for Manning meaning that he wouldn’t miss the whole entire season.
Though don’t expect this to just be a one or two week injury, because it’s not. If it wasn’t they wouldn’t have signed veteran Kerry Collins to a two year, $14 million deal. Expect it to be about a four to five week injury in the least, but again who knows.
“I hate it for Peyton,” said Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday to ESPN, one of Manning’s closest friends. “You want him to be healthy, you want him to be back, but you want him to take care of it, too. It’s sad when players face tough times, but I know he’s strong enough to get through it.”
Now we do know that he’s strong enough to get through it, we definitely know that however how long will it take for him to get through it is the question and the other question that comes with it, is how will the Colts get through it.
The Colts first five games of the season are against the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
This Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans would’ve been Manning’s 209th consecutive start in his NFL career but due to not being able to fully recover in time the streak of 208 will come to an end and a new streak will begin; games missed.